Trees, Woods & Forests-competition-17

Trees, Woods & Forests

Competition 17 - Category

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About Trees, Woods & Forests

In this category we celebrate the tree in all its diverse forms. From the venerable old oak to the resplendent redwood, from the garden apple tree to the wild forests, we are inviting you to show us how important trees are in our lives and in the health of our planet.

Winning tree images will reveal the treasures of our great woods and forests as well as the beauty of a solitary tree. How do people and trees live side by side in one world? How does a tree create a sense of well-being? The judges will be looking for tree images that seek to address these questions, as well as those that portray the simple beauty of our planet's trees.


The diversity of style and species in this popular category is testament to the multitude of wondrous trees all over the world. Apart from technical excellence, to stand out in this category look for compelling scenes and beautiful specimens to create treasured tree images.

Wider benefits

Our woodlands and forests are some of the most ancient and precious habitats on earth that we can’t afford to lose. Take part in highlighting and documenting these vital plants that have been intrinsic to the human experience for so long. This recognition turns a walk in the woods into something far more profound. Incredible tree images have the power to inspire people at all levels to make important decisions about urban development and environmental issues. But tree images aren’t just about inspiring big decisions; they’re also about smaller feelings of contentment.

As Tony Kirkham MBE VMH said in the introduction to the IGPOTY Book – Collection Eleven: “On my kitchen wall at home I have a large photograph of a beech tree in a woodland it shows every part of the tree, from the buttressed root plate and the trunk, to the very tips of the upper canopy. It is surrounded by its woodland friends and I never get tired of looking at it.”

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image(s) stand a chance to win the overall IGPOTY title and prize of £4,000!
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Second prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Third prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Entry benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, one of the most prestigious photographic categories for trees, woods and forests, opportunities for growth, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, reinforce or launch your photographic career.


General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, up to a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi (ideally with an sRGB colour profile). Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300 ppi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes.


  • High-res source file/s need to be at least 3780 pixels (longest side) @ 300 ppi, ideally larger (and ideally with an Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile).

Full competition rules:

Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail:

Category rules:

IGPOTY runs juried competitions based on skill.

Only singular entries from 'Single Entry' main pay-to-enter categories can win the overall IGPOTY prize. Entries from 'Photo Projects' (stand-alone competitions) cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize, neither can portfolios, which will be judged as part of the IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category which is stand-alone. Special Awards are not eligible for the overall IGPOTY prize and are stand-alone.

Please see IGPOTY competition rules for full terms, which always prevail.

Competition details

Online submissions
Entry start date:
February 17, 2023
Closing date:
October 31, 2023, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£16 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

How do I enter?

Please use the large, red-outlined 'ENTER NOW' button on this page.

For help please visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

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